Tuesday, 28 October 2008

the robot vanishes...or, how Apryl got two pincushions


I was doing this Robot swap with Apryl. I'd left it quite late, but so had Apryl so that was ok. We both knew what we were doing. I worked on my swap package over one weekend and was pretty happy with what I'd made. Apryl had requested a needlebook as she has just taken to the dark art of sewing and I was happy to oblige. Got some pretty fabric sent from Japan and rustled it up. Had a few other bits and pieces to throw in too and decided to make a little robot pincushion to accompany the set. That was fun. He was the tiniest creature I'd made but I loved him nonetheless. The girls adored him and played with him relentlessly. I worried about getting him out of their grasp long enough to parcel him up and send him off but they understood he was for Apryl so I knew it would be okay. I left him in Ms Bester's clutches and went gaily (well, you know what I mean) off to work. Returned that evening and no sign of Monsieur Le Robot. Searched high up and low down, still no sign. Interrogated poor Ms Bester almost to the brink of tears, still no clues. Ms Bester, being the mischievous minx that she is, kept saying she knew where he was but she wasn't going to tell us. This was her strategy for days 1 and 2 at least. After that she capitulated and confessed she had no idea but was really sorry anyway, cue many tears. I decided I could deal with the stress of the search, the tawdry accusations and the ripping apart of my family no longer and made Apryl another, far less interesting to my mind, pincushion.
Just as it was bundled up and ready to be sent what did I spy poking out from underneath the vegetable rack but a tiny (and I mean tiny!) polkadot foot. Oh we yelped with joy when it transpired to be attached to the rest of the errant haberdashery chappie. We whooped with glee and danced around the kitchen. Then we stuck pins in the blighter and took photos of his plight

before bundling him up

and despatching him to deepest Derbyshire.

Apryl also received some chocolates, a robot bookmark and a bundle of fabric scraps to play with during her indulgence in her new found vice.
I believe she liked them (although I suspect she may have questioned my sanity as she received ever more frantic emails from me accusing my entire family and all the neighbours of dastardly deceit and kidnapping of soft toy/pincushions during the height of robotgate)

11 comments:

Gina said...

Pleased it all turned out well in the end - what a lovely parcel!

Katy said...

Darn children. Memories like fish.

Fabulous swap parcel though, madam, and I am glad the Houdini pin cushion surfaced.

S, explain to me...how do you go to work gaily? Does it involve a hand on hip and a skip in the step? I'd like to learn...

annayama said...

Simply gorgeous and what fun. Seems like robotto san wanted to stay with the milkwoods. :D

Gaily off to work... You must have had a)good tea and b)vegemite toast. :D That or you went to work with Gaye....

Charlie P said...

Whew- glad to know that Mr.Robot is safe. What an amazing swap parcel- I can't believe how perfect the needle book looks.

Ciara said...

What an escapade! An adventure before he was even in the post!

I love that needle book too. That is some delightful parcel to receive in the post!

Apryl said...

everything arrived safe and totally georgeous.. I will blog all about renagade robots later today! I love everything, its fantastic thank you so much...

Helen said...

Lovely swap goodies! The little robot is so sweet - I can see why the girls wanted to play with him. We have had many similar moments where my girl gives what she thinks is the right answer rather than the truthful one!

two hippos said...

What a fab swap parcel and - Robotgate!! Love mr robot and his heart pin too.

Things Hand Made said...

It looks a lovely set, he just didn't want to leave you!

Cait ni Clic et al said...

Very funny tale of Monsieur Le Robot! I think you should make a little Famille Robot for the girls for Christmas!

marion said...

That was so funny - apart from poor young esi's interrogation - i nearly rolled around laughing.